Murray objecting to wind's song

Darrell Cole
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GULF SHORE Nova Scotias songbird wishes a proposed wind farm along the Gulf Shore would just fly away.

Anne Murray, who has a summer home near the proposed wind farm, is joining other area residents in opposing a development by Atlantic Wind Power Corporation that, once completed in 2010, would see the construction of between 20 and 27 100-metre high wind turbines.

I just think its too close, its in all our backyards, Murray said. I think windpower is a good thing and I am all for them when theyre in the right place. I dont believe these ones are in the right place.

The project is presently undergoing an environmental assessment. Depending on how that goes, construction could begin in 2009.

Area residents have been fighting the project since it was first proposed and urged Cumberland County to set the distance between the turbines and their properties at a minimum of two kilometres. Instead, the municipality passed a bylaw setting the distance at the greater of three times the height of the turbine or 500 metres. Company president Charles Demond said a two-kilometre setback would kill the project.

Murray feels the concerns being raised by the Gulf Shore Association and area residents arent being taken seriously. She believes there are too many unanswered questions surrounding the placement of turbines close to homes including the effects of noise, vibration and shadow flicker.

Some people think this is just a bunch of hysterical people opposed to change but nothing could be farther from the truth, she said. These people are in favour of wind power, but the bylaw passed by the county doesnt set the distance far enough between their homes and these turbines. Im all for progress and Im all for change, but not this close.

Shes also not opposed to using her celebrity status to help project opponents because she feels this wind farm will have a catastrophic impact on Pugwash and the Gulf Shore area.

Organizations: Atlantic Wind Power, Gulf Shore Association

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Pugwash

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